66-year-old Muslim leads drive to protect temples in West Bengal village

      By

Koushik Dutta

Yasin Pathan started his drive in the 1970s with an aim to protect the 18th century temples in West Bengals Pathra village. (Samir Mondal/HT Photo)

At a time when instances of religious intolerance are reported from different parts of the country, a 66-year-old Muslim is championing the cause of communal harmony by leading a movement to preserve temples.

Retired school peon Yasin Pathan started the Save the Temples initiative in the 1970s with an aim to protect the 18th century Shiva and Vishnu temples in West Bengals Pathra village.

The temples form a part of our heritage, and I am just doing my small bit to protect them for the next generation, Pathan, who is mostly confined to his house due to poor health, said.

There are 34 temples in Pathra and Pathans campaign has resulted in 18 of them getting restored by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).

Extracted fromhindustantimes

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